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420 new jobs coming to Spartanburg Co., 25th Anniv. of BMW in area – WSPA.com

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

It’s a big week for Spartanburg County. This week marks the 25th anniversary of BMW’s announcement that it was coming to the county Council members also announced this week the creation of 420 new jobs from 4 companies looking to locate here, and one more looking to expand. BMW filled a huge void in Spartanburg County. It came during a time that the area’s textile industry had dried up and…

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

BMW’s 2017 X4 M40i Compact SUV Drives Like a Sports Car – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

During cornering and in slalom maneuvers, the test=driven five-door X4 remained buttoned down, not tippy, thanks in part to its low center of gravity. Its sport front seats with thigh extenders kept the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. Advertisement Continue reading the main story The look is typical BMW, with its trademark kidney-shaped grille, a coupe-like roofline and 19- or optional 20-inch wheels. The five-passenger 2017…

Ford’s Signal to the Auto World: Here Comes China – New York Times

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

China represents a competitive challenge and a profitable opportunity for American carmakers. China is already the world’s largest automaker, with annual car production roughly equal to that of the United States and Japan combined. Chinese players have long wanted to develop underused factories dotting major cities to increase production and export the excess. Advertisement Continue reading the main story For years, it has been a quixotic dream. Such factories tend…

For thousands of US auto workers, downturn is already here – Reuters

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LORDSTOWN, Ohio Wall Street is fretting that the U.S. auto industry is heading for a downturn, but for thousands of workers at General Motors Co factories in the United States, the hard times are already here. Matt Streb, 36, was one of 1,200 workers laid off on Jan. 20 – inauguration day for Republican U.S. President Donald Trump – when GM canceled the third shift at its Lordstown small-car factory…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

BMW and PG&E Prove Electric Vehicles Can Be a Valuable Grid Resource – Greentech Media

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The concept of using electric vehicles as a grid resource is no longer just theory. A pilot program recently conducted by BMW and Pacific Gas & Electric successfully demonstrated that electric vehicles can serve as reliable and flexible grid assets, which could eventually save money for both utilities and EV owners. The BMW i ChargeForward Project is one of the best examples to date of a utility and an automaker…

‘Cars 3′: Why Pixar should lose no sleep over one of its lowest debuts ever – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

PIXAR JUST had its second-lowest opening weekend ever when adjusting for inflation. This is why the studio should lose very little sleep over that fact. Breaking down the numbers, “Cars 3” grossed $53.5 million in its domestic debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, handily winning the weekend ahead of the still mighty “Wonder Woman” ($40.8 million) and the new Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me” ($27 million). So while the animated…

X-Rated? My Extraordinary Test Drive In BMW’s Latest SUV (With Police Escort) – Forbes

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Photo by Peter Lyon. For three days, we drove a convoy of X-Series inside a police escort and were surprised when we realized just how much actual testing we’d done. Never before have I encountered such an incredible test drive as I did in Indonesia last month. From the sublime sunrise overlooking four volcanoes, to an other-worldly off-road excursion on the “Sea of Sand” desert, to the BMW 10-car convoy…

X-Rated? My Extraordinary Test Drive In BMW’s Latest SUV (With Police Escort) – Forbes

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Photo by Peter Lyon. For three days, we drove a convoy of X-Series inside a police escort and were surprised when we realized just how much actual testing we’d done. Never before have I encountered such an incredible test drive as I did in Indonesia last month. From the sublime sunrise overlooking four volcanoes, to an other-worldly off-road excursion on the “Sea of Sand” desert, to the BMW 10-car convoy…

Cars 3′ Drives to Weak No. 1; Tupac Biopic Nets Strong Debut – NBCNews.com

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — “Wonder Woman” fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it’s still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office. While many worn-out franchises and franchise hopefuls continue to struggle to find a significant North American audience, smaller films like the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” and the shark thriller “47 Meters Down” were able to break through the…

Is It Possible To Test Drive BMW’s X-Series Inside A Police Escort? – Forbes

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Photo by Peter Lyon. For three days, we drove a convoy of X-Series inside a police escort and were surprised when we realized just how much actual testing we’d done. Never before have I attended such an extreme test drive as the event in Indonesia last month. From the sublime sunrise overlooking four volcanoes, to an other-worldly off-road excursion on the “Sea of Sand” desert, to the BMW 10-car convoy…

Box Office: ‘Cars 3′ Races Past ‘Wonder Woman’ to No. 1 – Variety

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

This weekend featured a heated race between four new films that opened in wide release. As of Sunday morning, it appears some have fared better than others. The big winner is Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3,” which is speeding to $53.5 million from 4,256 locations, putting it in first place. That’s a lower opening than “Cars” ($60.1 million) and “Cars 2” ($66.1 million), but still enough to win the weekend….

Aston Martin Driver Loses His Lead With Mad Off-Roading Skills – Jalopnik

Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017

GIF via WEC If you’re going to lose your lead, at least do it in an amusing fashion. Despite the lack of drama left in the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ top LMP1 class, the LM GTE Pro class battle is as hotly contested as ever. No. 95 Aston Martin driver Richie Stanaway lost his lead, but gains my nomination for Almost-Save Of The Year. Stanaway’s No. 95 was leading…

The 2017 BMW 530i Confirms The Death Of The Driver’s Car – Forbes

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

Dan Roth 2017 BMW 530i The driver’s car appears to be headed for retirement, just like its buyers. During a week with the 2017 BMW 530i, the graying of the segment became obvious. You can’t fault BMW for knowing its buyers. According to NADA, the average car buyer is 51.7 years old and earns $80,000 per year. If that’s the average, it’s safe to assume that BMW buyers are richer and that…

Review: ‘Cars 3′ Is Best In Series, Miles Ahead Of First 2 Films – Forbes

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

Pixar went back to the drawing board with it’s least compelling franchise and came up with a new model that’s far more compelling, relevant, surprising, and visually stunning than either of its predessors. Cars 3 opens in theaters this weekend and should easily top the box office, while offering a story that will finally prove as engaging for parents as it is for their children. It also has a lot…

The 2017 BMW 530i confirms the death of the driver’s car. – Forbes

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

Dan Roth 2017 BMW 530i The driver’s car appears to be headed for retirement, just like its buyers. During a week with the 2017 BMW 530i, the graying of the segment became obvious. You can’t fault BMW for knowing its buyers. According to NADA, the average car buyer is 51.7 years old and earns $80,000 per year. If that’s the average, it’s safe to assume that BMW buyers are richer and that…

The 2017 BMW 530i confirms the death of the driver’s car. – Forbes

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2017

Dan Roth 2017 BMW 530i The driver’s car appears to be headed for retirement, just like its buyers. During a week with the 2017 BMW 530i, the graying of the segment became obvious. You can’t fault BMW for knowing its buyers. According to NADA, the average car buyer is 51.7 years old and earns $80,000 per year. If that’s the average, it’s safe to assume that BMW buyers are richer and that…